Benjamin Petit is a French documentary photographer based in New York and the co-director of #Dysturb, a nonprofit formed by photojournalists making visual information freely accessible to a wider audience by pasting large images in city streets. Petit has led campaigns in various city hubs, teaming up with institutions such as the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Magnum Foundation and Instagram. His documentary work is focused on social inequality and climate change related issues. Benjamin Petit is a Fulbright scholar. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Days Japan, Le Figaro and Paris Match among other publications.
2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2014 - Team Chapnik Award & Helge Hummelvoll scholarship, 2012 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2011 - The New York Times Award, 2011 - Honorable Jury Price, 2010 - Fulbright Scholarship
300,000 people live in slums subject to flooding along the polluted Ozama River. Floods up to 20 feet occur several times a year due to the increase of extreme weather events caused by global warming.
The Dominican government decided to resettle 7,000 people from one of the most precarious areas of Santo Domingo, the Barquita. These residents have been moved into social housing across the bank in the Nueva Barquita. Once settled in the Nueva Barquita and after 10 years paying the same rent as they used to in la Barquita, these inhabitants will automatically become owners. The Dominican State is also expanding its transportation system to give to these families access to the city and to employment.
From March 2011, Yemeni have been occupying Change Square in the capital, Sana’a, in order to protest against the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. On February 21st, 2012, elections placed the only candidate Abdu Rabbu Hadi, the former vice-president, as the new president for a two years transitory period. During this time, the youth continue the sitting, and are constructing a new, daily routine.
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